The threat of severe storms and tornadoes will be ramping up across portions of the Plains on Friday and into the weekend.
A piece of a potent storm slamming the West will swing into the Plains on Friday.
Showers and thunderstorms will push across portions of the Plains early on Friday some with the potential for large hail, damaging wind gusts and torrential downpours. Eastern Nebraska and Iowa will lie in the battlegrounds, putting Omaha and Des Moines at risk for the early round of severe storms.
The hail may be large enough to dent vehicles and damage siding and windows, while downed tree branches could threaten scattered power outages.
The most volatile thunderstorms will wait to erupt during the afternoon and evening hours from northern and western Texas to central portions of Oklahoma, Kansas and perhaps northwestern Missouri. The strongest storms will be capable of producing golf ball-sized hail, wind gusts greater than 60 mph and tornadoes.
Abilene, Wichita, Oklahoma City and Kansas City will be in the path of severe storms late Friday and especially into Friday night.
Any tornadoes that touch down at night will be particularly dangerous. Have an emergency plan in place ahead of time and a weather radio and batteries at the ready.
Severe Storm, Tornado Threat through the Weekend
Many communities in western Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, eastern Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas will need to keep an eye on the severe storm situation through the weekend with more rounds likely to erupt.
The ingredients for a tornado outbreak may come together across portions of the Plains later Saturday.
Cities that may be in the path of damaging storms on Saturday include Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita, Kansas City and Omaha on Saturday afternoon and evening.
The greatest threat for tornadoes appears as though it will lie from central and eastern Kansas through central Oklahoma on Saturday evening.
Very large hail and damaging winds will continue to be threats of the thunderstorms as well.
Repeated rounds of torrential downpours for some communities will increase the risk for flash flooding as the weekend progresses.
Motorists are urged to avoid roadways with water over them. Doing so can save your life.
Keep checking back with AccuWeather.com for the latest details of this potentially dangerous severe storm outbreak.
A new tropical threat may loom for the Caribbean and North America in the not-too-distant future, while eight more weeks remain in the Atlantic hurricane season.
The greatest danger of flooding across the central United States will unfold in western Texas, where downpours will be most persistent into Monday.
Fall air has finally arrived in the northeastern United States and may yield the first frost of the season in parts of the region this weekend.
Typhoon Megi will continue to strengthen before threatening lives and property across Taiwan and eastern China this week.
The first windstorm of the season could blast the northern United Kingdom around Tuesday as Karl arrives.
Hot, dry and windy weather into Monday will lead to an increased risk of wildfires across Southern California.
Record Cold..... Location New Record Old Record Augusta, GA 42 45/1896 Greenville/Spartanburg SC 42 44/1985 Huntsville, AL 44 45/1985 Birmingham, AL 43T 43/1965
Arthurdale, PA ()
Golf-ball sized hail up to 8" deep.
Baltimore, MD (1816)
Water froze one-half of an inch thick.